Okla. (AP)- Six-four sophomore sensation Adrian Dantley went on a
scoring tear midway through the second half to power Notre Dame to a
77-71 victory over Kansas in the first-round of the NCAA Midwest
Regional Tournament here Saturday night.
In the other first-round
game played at Mabee Center, Louisville fought past a quick, scrappy
Rutgers, 91-78. The Cardinals, 25-2, will meet Cincinnati, 22-5, in the
Midwest semifinals March 20 at Las Cruces, N.M. Notre Dame will meet
KU was sluggish in the
first half after playing Notre Dame on equal terms for the first five or
six minutes. Notre Dame connected on 22 of 27 free throw shots to take a
44-32 halftime lead over Kansas. Notre Dame team speed and the failure
of Kansas to penetrate to its big men on offense, Rick Suttle and Danny
Knight, limited the Jayhawks in the first half and created the 12-point
Notre Dame pushed their
lead to 18 at one point, before Kansas began chipping away. The Jayhawks
cut the lead to two at 48-46 in the second half, but then Dantley took
over, scoring on three straight three-point plays.
Beginning with a layup
with 10:49 left, Dantley scored 19 second half points to finish the
evening with 33 points, just above his 30.4 per game average, second in
the nation. Operating out of the semi-delay, the Irish moved ahead by
nine, then 12 when Dantley broke free for his second layup and added a
foul shot. A few seconds later he was open for the third three-point
effort, making 11 markers in the matter of minutes, and the score had
ballooned to 63-48. It was 65-48 before Kansas could regroup its own
KU’s early foul problem
spelled their doom as they lost four players, including starters Clint
Johnson, Norm Cook and Donnie Von Moore. The Big Eight champions
finished 19-8 on the year.
The KU loss left Kansas
State as the only representative of the Big 8 conference left in NCAA
tourney play. Chuck Williams and Paul Gerlach scored 20 points each as
Kansas State, 19-8, held off repeated comeback bids to upset Penn.
By Deane McGowen
Special to the New York Times
March 15- The basketball season is over for both Philadelphia
representatives in the National Collegiate Athletic Association
At Palestra tonight before 9,233 rabid fans, Kansas State, runner-up in
the Big Eight Conference eliminated Penn's Ivy League champions, 69-62,
in the opener of a first-round double-header. Penn was making its sixth
straight N.C.A.A. appearance.
Then Syracuse finished off the other local team, La Salle, with an 87-83
From 81-81 (the ninth tie since the middle of the second half), Syracuse
went ahead for good when Kevin King hit a layup on a neat pass from Rudy
Hackett with 35 seconds left in the overtime. The Orange added its final
4 points from the free-throw line on shots by Jim Lee and Ross Kindel.
Roy Danforth, coach of Syracuse, said: "La Salle played good defense
against us, but we kept our motion. We won because we got the ball
Paul Westhead, La Salle coach, was almost at a loss to explain the
defeat. "We outshot them [47 per cent to 45] and we outrebounded them
[42 to 38]," he said.
Syracuse's season-leading scorer, Rudy Hackett, got 30 points and 12
rebounds. Jim Lee, one of the finest guards in the East, scored 20 and
grabbed eight rebounds.
Joe Bryant led the Explorers with 25 points and had 14 rebounds before
he fouled out in the closing minute.
Chuckie Williams and Paul Gerlach scored 20
points apiece to spark Kansas State to
a 69-62 upset victory over the University of Pennsylvania.
The Wildcats, runners-up
in the Big Eight Conference, scored the first six points in the game and
completely dominated Penn to take a 40-28 lead into the halftime
Williams, a 6-3 junior,
hit on long jump shots while the 6-10 Gerlach controlled both boards and
contributed key baskets.
Kansas State, 19-8,
opened up a 17-point lead with less than three minutes to play in the
first half. But Penn, behind the shooting of Ron Haigler, rallied to
cut the lead to 12 at intermission.
Williams hit his first
three shots to open the second half, and the Wildcats again opened
17-point lead with 14 minutes left.
However, the Ivy League
champion Quakers started a comeback behind
the shooting of Mark Lonetto and Haigler to cut the Wildcats' lead to
eight points at the 8:50 mark. Lonetto and Haigler continued to chip
away at the Kansas State lead and with 1:08 left Lonetto hit a jumper to
cut the Wildcats’ lead to five points at 60-55.
But the Wildcats' Mike
Evans, Gerlach and Dan Droge hit pressure free throws to preserve the
Haigler finished with 17
points, Bob Bigelow had 15, and Lonetto scored 14, 10 in the second
half. Evans added 13 for Kansas State.
Kansas State coach Jack
Hartman said, "It's tough for kids like us to play a nationally ranked
team at home, but we got control early and that was the key to the win.
I'm very happy, and you have to call it an upset.
Kansas State next plays Boston College and Syracuse meets North Carolina
on Thursday at Providence, R.I.
R I (AP)- North Carolina did all the things you'd expect of a team from
the highly promoted Atlantic Coast Conference. But Syracuse was not
impressed, and North Carolina, champion of the ACC is no longer in the
Tar Heels' place is a Syracuse team with seven losses, among them
defeats to schools like Canisius and West Virginia. And on Saturday the
Orangemen will play Kansas State, a team with eight losses, one of which
was by 38 points only two weeks ago.
these two unlikely pretenders to anybody's championship are still in the
NCAA's college basketball derby, and one of them will go to San Diego
next week as champion of the East Regional.
Sixth-ranked North Carolina is going nowhere because Jim Lee, a 6-foot-2
guard, hit a 15 foot jump shot with three seconds remaining Thursday
night. It was the difference in Syracuse's 78-76 upset of the heavily
favored Tar Heels.
State is still in business despite itself. The Wildcats did their best
to blow a 15-point lead by throwing the ball away 22 times, but Chuckie
Williams, a cool 6-3 guard, calmed his team with two of his 15 field
goals and Kansas State prevailed over cold shooting Boston College,
nobody believed Syracuse might win, but the Orangemen insisted they
weren't impressed with any team just because it was from the ACC. The
clincher was applied by Lee after North Carolina, which made four floor
errors in the final two minutes, threw the ball away with 27 seconds
Tar Heels were leading 76-75. Syracuse worked for one shot and Lee made
wasn't a set play," said Lee, who scored 24 points and hit 12 of his 18
shots. "I just happened to be open. If I'm open, I'll shoot."
Carolina, 22-8, led throughout the first half. But every time the Tar
Heels would get a five or seven-point lead, Syracuse, relying heavily on
super-quick guard Jim Williams, would close to within two or three.
lead changed hands 11 times in the second half, but North Carolina
appeared to be in control in the final few minutes as guards Phil Ford
and Brad Hoffman, who had 24 and 20 points, hit with consistency.
only problem was that Syracuse refused to crack, and when the Orangemen,
22-7, got their chance, they capitalized.
only problem this week," said Syracuse Coach Roy Danforth, "was
convincing ourselves that we could beat North Carolina. We had three or
four meetings this week to talk about it, and we finally believed that
we could do it."
in the end, they made believers of North Carolina, which lost an East
Regional game for the first time since Dean Smith became its coach in
difference in the night's second game was Williams, a junior who has a
reputation as a shooter. He didn't disappoint anybody, hitting 15 of 25
shots and scoring a game-high 32 points.
Williams, who said he "wasn't afraid to shoot," scored 24 points in the
second half and it looked for awhile as if Kansas State, 20-8, would
romp. After Boston College took its only lead at 40-39, Williams and
Carl Gerlach, who had 20 points, went on a tear and the Wildcats led
63-48 with 9:05 to play.
when Bob Zuffelato put his Boston College team into a full-court press,
and it unnerved Kansas State so bad the Wildcats went nearly four
minutes without even getting off a shot.
College pulled to within two points at 65-63 when Will Morrison, who had
17 points, hit a layup with 2:40 left.
Williams scored on two jumpers, and Gerlach added a free throw and a
field goal. And the second place team in the Big Eight, one which Coach
Jack Hartman didn't even believe would break even this year, was still
was just a total wreck for awhile," Hartman said of his team’s collapse.
"But this is a very young team. And this is the NCAA's finals and we're
a long way from home."
R.I. (AP) "There's somebody up there who loves us," said Rudy Hackett.
And the way Hackett’s Syracuse Orangemen keep winning, there just might
Hackett scored 28 points, two of them on a left-handed shot over his
head at the buzzer which sent the game into overtime, as upstart and
unheralded Syracuse, 23-7, won the NCAA's East Regional championship
95-87 over Kansas State here Saturday.
victory, which nullified a Kansas State effort that seemed to have given
the Wildcats a ticket to the NCAA finals, sent Syracuse to San Diego
instead. The Orange play Kentucky in the national semifinals.
Hackett, a 6-foot-9 senior forward who facially resembles Kareem
Abdul-Jabbar, had four points in overtime and combined with Jim "Bug"
Williams on the critical play at the end of regulation to seal Kansas
State's fate and end the Wildcats' season with a 20-9 record.
been the underdog in every tournament we've played," Hackett said. "I
was a little worried when we went into the game 3 1/2 point favorites.
We like to play the role of the underdog."
Hackett's tying basket was shot at the buzzer after a feed from Jim
Williams, five seconds after another Williams- Kansas State's Chuckie,
this tournament's Most Valuable Player- had given the Wildcats a 76-74
lead. Chuckie Williams, who scored a game-high 35 points to give him 67
in two games, had hit from 20 feet in the final seconds after Kansas
State had held the ball for a minute to play for the final shot.
Hackett and Jim Williams had other plans. The little Williams took the
inbounds pass and sped down the court, feeding to Hackett in the lane.
Hackett said he juggled Bug Williams' pass. "The ball was getting kind
of slippery...but fortunately I was able to recover," he said. "Jimmy
was telling me if he got the ball, he would get it into me. So I was
expecting it. I saw it all the way and just turned around and put it
into the basket. It was a set play to get the ball and throw it inside.
I wasn't certain I had beat the buzzer. I couldn't hear it."
shot appeared to leave Hackett's hand just at the buzzer.
he (Hackett) bobbled it I thought time would run out," Jim Williams
said. “He scared me."
final five minutes of regulation was an incredible see-saw battle which
Chuckie Williams seemed to have ended with his 20-foot shot with five
seconds left. But that was before Hackett's heroics.
Hackett sent Syracuse ahead 78-76 at the outset of overtime, but Chuckie Williams tied it at 78-78, the last time Kansas State was to see
a portion of the lead. The Orangemen then rattled off six straight
points to open a 84-78 lead with two and a half minutes to play.
clincher came when the 6-3 Lee drove and scored a layup with 1:43
remaining and was fouled on the play. He completed the three-point play
and Syracuse, 23-7, had an insurmountable 87-80 lead.
Williams scored six of Syracuse's critical points in the overtime
period. Kansas State's Chuckie Williams' basket, a 25-foot jumper midway
in overtime, was the only points the Wildcats could score in the
critical overtime stretch when Syracuse outscored them 11-2.
Syracuse took an early lead behind the hot outside shooting of Lee, who
wound up with 25 points, five of them in overtime. The Orangemen led
18-9 with 11:10 left in the first half, but at that point Lee cooled off
and Chuckie Williams heated up.
Scoring 15 points in the first half, Williams brought his 17th-ranked
team within one at 18-17. The remainder of the first half was fairly
even, but Syracuse did not relinquish the lead until 1:21 remained in
the half when Kansas State guard Mike Evans, playing with a face mask to
protect a broken nose, hit two free throws to send his team ahead 35-34.
Wildcats led 38-36 at the half and maintained their lead until Hackett
combined with Chris Sease to push Syracuse into a 46-46 tie four minutes
into the half.
Syracuse, down 66-62, ran off eight straight points to take a 70-66 lead
with just under three minutes to go. Chuckie Williams then scored six of
Kansas State's next eight points and the Wildcats took the lead back at
74-72 with 1:31 to play.
Lee tied it for Syracuse at 74-74- the sixth time the game was tied-
with with two free throws. There was then 1:05 left to play.
State, 20-9, came down court and worked for a final shot. After freezing
the ball for nearly a minute, Mike Evans dribbled to his left and fed
Chuckie Williams in the corner. The shot was perfect and Kansas State
seemed to have the game won.
Syracuse's Jim Williams and Hackett, a second team All-American, still
had some heroics to perform, setting up the overtime victory.
Kansas State, Evans, a freshman, had 20 points, giving the team's guards
a total of 55 points.
night in the San Diego Sports Arena college basketball went off to meet
the Wizard of Westwood for the last time. Having arrived in California
27 years ago as something of a scarecrow, John Wooden went out like a
most uncowardly lion. UCLA, which under Wooden has failed to win only
two of the last 12 NCAA championships, won this one by holding off
finish Wooden remained true to his image; except for an emotional
outburst or two during a very emotional game, he was the kindly Tin Man
to the end. "I didn't really feel differently about this game," he said.
"Just very proud."
the Wizard, having announced his retirement on Saturday, must have
sensed the extra impact of the game's two most honored schools meeting
in his farewell. Here were UCLA and Kentucky, which had won more than a
third of all the NCAA basketball titles ever played, evoking memories of
Hagan and Ramsey and Issel, of Goodrich and Alcindor and Walton. And
here was Wooden one-on-one with destiny.
will be sad if he loses," said retired Kentucky Coach Adolph Rupp, "but
he's got enough of those darn trophies. Johnny's in against me tonight."
Bruins also were in against a massive Wildcat squad that had reached the
final on muscle, manpower and the deft shooting of freshman Jack Givens.
But if the thin list of six Bruins who played in the final, including
slender centers Richard Washington and Ralph Drollinger, felt they
couldn't handle the burly Wildcats they didn't show it. Drollinger got
13 rebounds and 10 points in 16 minutes, while Washington, who split his
time between the pivot and forward, scored 28, added 12 rebounds and
found the time to help hold the Wildcats' three hulking freshman centers
to eight points. "I even surprised myself," said Washington, the
furious pace of the first half, in which there were 15 lead changes and
five ties, continued in the second period until UCLA broke away to a
66-56 lead with 12 minutes left in the game. Kevin Grevey, whose 18
first-half points had sparked Kentucky, was silenced by Bruin Captain
David Meyers during UCLA's surge. Then Grevey suddenly came alive again,
scoring 10 points, and Wildcat floor leader Jimmy Dan Conner finally
escaped the defensive clutches of Pete Trgovich. Kentucky scrambled to
only a point back with 6:49 remaining.
that moment the Wildcats had a chance to take the game by the throat.
That they didn't was another example of the uncanny luck that UCLA
enjoyed all week. With the Bruins ahead 76-75, Meyers went up for a
jumper but fell into Grevey and was called for a foul. Screaming and
pounding the floor, the Spider was hit with a technical, whereupon
Wooden shouted, "You crook!" at Referee Hank Nichols and rushed onto the
Kentucky had a possible five-point play- a maximum of three free throws
followed by possession of the ball. But Grevey, who finished with 34
points, missed the technical and then the first of his one-and-ones.
Wildcat sub James Lee set an illegal pick on the ensuing play, and
Kentucky had come up empty.
then hit on two free throws that were matched by Bob Guyette's bank
shot, but the ubiquitous Washington tipped in Marques Johnson's miss for
an 80-77 lead. The Wildcats never got closer.
the game UCLA Guard Andre McCarter, who had made 14 assists, and a key
late basket, embraced the 64-year-old Wooden and said, "Coach, I hope
you have a nice life." The Wizard's eyes sparkled just a little.
Assistant Gary Cunningham elected to follow his boss's example and give
up his job, leaving the choicest coaching position in college ball open
to everybody from Louisville's Denny Crum to San Clemente's Dick Nixon.
who had wept upon hearing of Wooden's retirement, is not in the best of
favor with UCLA Athletic Director J.D. Morgan. That makes the probable
choice Gene Bartow of Illinois, who opposed Wooden in the 1973 finals
while coaching Memphis State.
the wisdom of youth, sophomore Johnson spoke for the team when he said
about Wooden's successor, "He won't be no half-stepper who doesn't know
what he's doing." He better not be. The steps he will try to fill are
too big for that.
the unfolding of the UCLA coaching melodrama and the games themselves,
the Bruins seemed to be the forgotten entry among the final four. What
happened was that the game's glittering showcase had come to the sunny
Pacific shores, UCLA's home turf, but all people could talk about was
how many thousand drunken Kentuckians had closed Bully's bar each night
or whether there ever had been anything as hilarious as a Syracuse
Because two teams representing the Commonwealth were there, San Diego
was overrun with Kentuckiana. Nobody rode Secretariat across the
country, but fans of both Louisville and Kentucky arrived by plane, bus,
car and hillbilly wagon. One charter flight ran out of bourbon over
Little Rock, Ark., and had to make a refill stop in Amarillo, Texas,
lest the thirsty mob storm the cockpit with empty Old Grand-Dad bottles.
their arrival, supporters of the teams took up residence in neighboring
hotels on Harbor Island and, depending on their affiliation, a) argued
that Kentucky is afraid to schedule games with Louisville or b) inquired
Governor Julian Carroll joined the fray. He telephoned the NCAA to ask
if he could present the championship trophy to Kentucky in the event the
Wildcats won the tournament; he neglected to mention Louisville.
debating where to go sightseeing, the Louisville team opted for Tijuana.
Kentucky visited the zoo.
"Shouldn't your team be favored because of these distractions?" Wooden
was asked. "They've seen all this stuff."
with me they haven't," snapped The Wizard. "I went to Tijuana once, and
I'm never going back. And you don't have to go to a zoo to be in a zoo."
Coach Roy Danforth could testify to that. The Orange rooting section is
called "The Zoo" in appreciation of its discerning tastes, but not many
fans escaped their cages to make the long trip west. As a result
Syracuse was missing a major weapon in its attempt to become something
more than the most unlikely team in the finals since 1967, when the
legendary Glinder Torain led his Dayton Flyers to the tournament.
Syracuse menagerie featured The Enormous E, Earnie Seibert, a center who
weighs 240 pounds and looks as if he were recruited from a tavern; Bug
Williams, who wore dark glasses at practice; and a certain Neanderthal
verve that made it a wonder the Orangemen ever got out of their dressing
room, much less the East regional. "We're the goof-offs," said Guard Jim
(Rat Man) Lee.
Kentucky's Guyette, Grevey and Conner watched the Syracuse practice
Friday afternoon and were bewildered.
"Nobody's this bad," said Guyette.
the clown in the shades?" said Grevey.
"Stevie Wonder," said Conner.
next day Kentucky- Syracuse turned out to be Ali-Wepner, only with more
fouls. Sixty-one personals were called, not including the rabbit
the Wildcats' yoke of oxen in the pivot, freshmen Rick Robey and Mike
Phillips, worked over Seibert, the rest of the Kentucky defense held
Orange star Rudy Hackett to three shots in the first half, and UK took a
Syracuse went more than four minutes without scoring to begin the second
period and Kentucky's margin increased to 22 points. Though the
Orangemen recovered to make it respectable, they took a fearsome
pounding in the 95-79 defeat.
Another Kentucky freshman, Givens, who made up for Grevey's subpar
performance by gathering 24 points and 11 rebounds, revealed his prime
motivation. "I love all the excitement," he said. "I love the police
Everybody knew of the emotion inherent in former UCLA Assistant Crum's
face-off with his old school in the other semifinal. Everybody was aware
that Pete Trgovich and Ulysses (Junior) Bridgeman had played on the same
East Chicago team that had won the Indiana state prep championship, and
that the Bruins' skinny guard would be checking the Cards' versatile
leaper. But only a few close friends realized the feelings that churned
inside Wooden during this final week of his 40-year coaching career.
had been hints of his departure. Last month Washington State Coach
George Raveling reported that this would be Wooden's last tournament.
Another Pac-8 coach said Wooden had told him that he was stepping aside.
appearing to be in fine health, The Wizard has not been sleeping well,
and he has been starting his long morning walks as early as five a.m. A
doctor advised him against agreeing to become the coach of the 1976
Perceptive Bruin players were alerted before UCLA's final contest at
Pauley Pavilion when Wooden told his team it would be the last home game
"for a few people in this room."
continued last week. And signs. At a small dinner party the night before
the semifinals the Bruin coach watched as a hobbling 73-year-old Rupp
entered and had to be helped to his table. At that moment an
unmistakable haunted look crossed Wooden's face.
"Hello, Johnny," said Rupp.
next morning the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner played the story of
Wooden's leave-taking all over the front page of its sports section.
During the Kentucky-Syracuse game the UCLA coach read the articles
about his own retirement. He decided right then he had to clear the air.
news of Wooden's departure, however, could not diminish the drama of
UCLA's 75-74 victory over Louisville.
war of attrition was not won in the trenches but in the territory high
on the backboards. That is where UCLA's Johnson went to contribute two
brilliant defensive plays that saved the game in regulation time and
where Washington arrived to score the last two of his 26 points and the
winning basket with two seconds left in overtime.
been a struggle of savage intensity from the very beginning. Fleet
Louisville four times held early nine-point leads as the result of 18
points from Bridgeman and Allen Murphy. But Murphy calmed down a little
and Bridgeman, hounded by Trgovich, turned off. Ulysses did not score a
basket in the final 37 minutes of the game.
after Trgovich fouled out and sore-legged Meyers was switched onto
Bridgeman, neither team could take command. With 48 seconds left and
Louisville ahead 65-61, Center Bill Bunton blocked two Meyers shots but
both times he batted the ball back into Bruin hands. Another desperate
leap and Bunton fouled Washington, who made two free throws. On the
succeeding inbounds play against UCLA's press, Johnson jumped up to
spear Wesley Cox' pass and moments later jammed in the tying basket with
35 seconds remaining.
was in a semifinal overtime again, the same situation in which the
Bruins had been dethroned by N.C. State last year. Meyers said later,
"Nobody was thinking back. We were just super lucky most of the game.
Then it was time for bread and butter."
UCLA had plenty of both. And some more luck. After Murphy had scored
seven points in the overtime to run his game-leading total to 33 and
Louisville took a 74-73 lead, the Cardinals went into a four-corner
delay offense starring designated dribbler Terry Howard. With 20 seconds
to go UCLA was forced to foul. Howard only had to make both ends of his
one-and-one to seal the victory, and he had made all his 28 free throws
this season. But Howard missed.
a UCLA time-out Louisville lined up in a zone defense. The Bruins gave
the ball to Johnson far outside; Washington faked toward the foul line,
then drifted out along the baseline to receive Johnson's pass. The 6'9"
sophomore lifted off, cocked and let go. "Our passive, easy-going,
lovely person," as Wooden calls Washington, had cut Crum's Cards to
Downcast, Murphy and Bridgeman correctly analyzed that everything
Louisville had tried had worked. The Cardinals had "given" the game to
UCLA because they shot only 59.3% from the foul line and missed the
first free throw on three one-and-one opportunities. Nonetheless, it was
to the Bruins' credit that when the contest was on the line, once again
they were up to taking it.
haven't been in that kind of game in a long time," said Meyers. "Both
gangs flailing away, no moaning or messing around. It seemed like two
UCLAs, one and the same."
spoke to the Bruins in the locker room immediately after the game. "I'm
bowing out," he said in the vast quiet. His eyes went around the room
and his voice cracked. "I don't want to. I have to." Then he walked
was one last game to go. But no matter what happened in it, clearly UCLA
would never be the same.